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Budcat Creations is a video game developer based in Iowa City, Iowa, United States and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision. Titles released include console-specific versions of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Psychonauts, and the Madden NFL series.


Budcat was founded by Jason Andersen and Isaac Burns, who met while working at EA Tiburon. In 2000, the two left to form Budcat in order to develop several ports of Madden NFL 2002 for Electronic Arts (EA).

The company went on to produce a string of sports titles for EA over the next five years, including entries in the NASCAR Thunder, NHL Hockey series, and FIFA Manager series, as well as Psychonauts for Majesco.

In 2005, Budcat moved to their current location in Iowa City in order to facilitate expanding their offices. Budcat worked in partnership with Majesco Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Activision on multiple titles before being purchased by Activision Blizzard on November 10, 2008.[1]


Release Title Platform Publisher
2009 Band Hero PS2 Activision
2009 Our House Party Wii Majesco
2009 Guitar Hero 5 PS2 Activision
2009 Guitar Hero: Metallica PS2, Wii Activision
2008 Guitar Hero: World Tour PS2 Activision
2008 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith PS2 Activision
2008 Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy Wii Majesco
2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PS2 Activision
2007 The New York Times Crosswords NDS Majesco
2007 Medal of Honor: Vanguard Wii Electronic Arts
2007 Arena Football: Road to Glory PS2 EA Sports
2006 Nacho Libre NDS Majesco
2005 Madden NFL 06 PC EA Sports
2005 Psychonauts PS2 Majesco
2004 Total Club Manager 2005 Xbox, PS2 EA Sports
2004 Madden NFL 2005 PC EA Sports
2003 Total Club Manager 2004 Xbox, PS2 EA Sports
2003 Madden NFL 2004 PS1, GBA EA Sports
2003 NASCAR Thunder 2004 PS1 EA Sports
2002 NASCAR Thunder 2003 PS1 EA Sports
2002 Madden NFL 2003 PS1, GBA EA Sports
2002 NHL 2002 GBA EA Sports
2002 Desert Strike Advance GBA Electronic Arts
2001 Madden NFL 2002 PS1, N64, GBA EA Sports


  • In Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the Budcat appears twice; on the head of one of Metalhead's outfits, and as a guitar.


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